Reps. Russ Carnahan and Lacy Clay each snagged labor endorsements in their bids to stay in Congress.
The two St. Louis City Democrats are both running in the 1st Congressional District, an area that encompasses all of St. Louis City and portions of north St. Louis County. It’s a race that’s expected to be quite heated, as evidenced by the barbs traded between the two on the first day of filing.
A few weeks ago Clay received from the Missouri branch of the AFL-CIO, one of the largest labor unions in the state. This week, Carnahan nabbed endorsements from firefighters unions that encompass St. Louis City and St. Louis County. It’s not that surprising because the St. Louis City union commended Carnahan for his work retrieving grants for firefighters.
“Russ has always had the back of the first responders in the region,” Mark Woolbright, IAFF Vice President and Local 2665 member, said in a statement. “Whether it’s trying to find ways to save jobs in the region or ensuring that we have top of the line equipment and training, we know the public safety community has a true fighter for our issues in Russ Carnahan.”
The firefighter backing is one of the first of note for Carnahan. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley backed Clay almost immediately after Carnahan got into the 1st District contest.